UNICEF and the Aristotle University establish a Child Rights Centre in Thessaloniki
The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Collaboration, which consolidates their joint commitment to defending the rights of every child in Greece.
THESSALONIKI, NOVEMBER 15, 2023—The pioneering "Child Rights Centre" was inaugurated yesterday in Thessaloniki by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the presence of the Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor Dimitris Kovaios, and UNICEF’s Representative in Greece, Dr Ghassan Khalil.
The Center will be a hub for knowledge, education, research, data and the documentation and promotion of children's rights in Northern Greece.
Dr. Ghassan Khalil, said about the signing: “We are very happy and proud to inaugurate today the Child Rights Center in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Along with the Rector, Professor Dimitrios Kovaios, we are looking forward to tangible results for the promotion, evidence-based knowledge and teaching of child rights at the University.”
The Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor Dimitrios Kovaios, said: “Aristotle University, with its highly trained personnel, will provide the necessary scientific support in fields such as social policy for children, child protection and quality inclusive education and will cooperate with the Country Office of UNICEF in Greece to develop a Centre for Child Rights in the Aristotle University.”
The Memorandum of Collaboration, signed by the two institutions, also aims at facilitating the promotion of children's rights to the academic community and society at large, through workshops, conferences, public events and awareness-raising campaigns and the integration of children's rights in academic, teaching and research work.
Following the signing of the Memorandum, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative, delivered a public lecture on the vital role that Academia plays in promoting and strengthening the rights of the child in the presence of university professors and university students.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child around the world. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, and all children, everywhere.
UNICEF is financed exclusively by voluntary contributions from individuals, the private sector, foundations and UN member states, including the EU. Donor support is crucial as we create a global alliance for reaching every child without any exception.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Greece, visit the UNICEF Greece website here.